On April 16th, MUSIC Matters held our 7th annual social impact lifestyle festival, SpringFest. The daytime portion of the event was held from 11am-4pm between South State Street and North U and access was free and open to the general public. The area was packed with interactive art installations, an assortment of food trucks, student-run campus organizations, artisans, start-up companies, and pop-up shops. Throughout the day, the area was host to various dance performances and musical performances, including by MUSIC Madness competition participants OSSI Music, Sabbatical Bob, and Wes on the day stage. The daytime festival was a huge success, and we were happy to see and serve students from across all corners of campus.
Another favorite aspect of SpringFest 2019 was the amazing arts activities that were offered throughout the day! Live in Color, a social impact organization at the university that aims to enhance the atmosphere in campus buildings and hallways through color and design, collaborated with MUSIC Matters to build a large interactive mural that festival-goers were able to paint and contribute to. We captured time-lapse footage of the mural progress throughout the day as well, so keep an eye out for that exciting video that will be posted our social media!
Our Community Partners were a large focus of the SpringFest daytime festival, and we are thankful to have had the opportunity to share the projects that they have been working on this year. Heal-Move-Shift held a “treat-yo-self” station, complete with self-care activities and goodie bags in preparation for the impending school finals season, and we are excited to involve them in SpringFest again next year! Michigan Movement, our other Community Partner this year, was also a large contributor to the success of the day; they held a guessing game to teach festival-goers what goes into their typical care packages for the homeless, what does not, and why. In addition, they showcased artwork by a student on campus that highlighted the experiences of the homeless population and the impact that Michigan Movement has had on the population since their founding.
SpringFest was capped off with our nighttime benefit concert, which was held in Hill Auditorium starting at 7pm. The night was kicked off with Jeff Basta, who was followed by by our very own treasurer, who goes by the stage name Namix. MUSIC Madness competition first place winner Tracy Money and rapper B Free were our next two performers, and were followed by our concert headliner, A$AP Ferg. We were proud to showcase A$AP Ferg, the event was a huge success, and we cannot wait for SpringFest 2020!